GREEEN BAY–The Packers have advanced to a rematch with the San Francisco 49ers, thanks to a 24-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday night at Lambeau Field.
Green Bay rebounded from a season-ending loss to the Vikings to advance to the divisional round of the NFC playoffs. The Packers opened the season with a 30-22 loss to the 49ers at Lambeau Field, in a game in which the 49ers were dominant. The two teams will meet at Candlestick Park at 7 p.m. CT next Saturday.
Saturday night’s wild-card round playoff win over the Vikings was aided by the loss of starting quarterback Christian Ponder to an elbow injury he sustained in the win over the Packers last week. His replacement, Joe Webb, completed just 11 of 30 passes for 180 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Webb had passed for only 61 yards until a late-game touchdown drive.
Rushing champion Adrian Peterson rushed for 99 yards. The absence of a passing attack by the Vikings allowed the Packers defense to focus its efforts on stopping Peterson, holding him to half his production of the other two games against the Packers this season.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 23 of 33 passes for 274 yards. Ten Packers receivers caught passes. Running back DuJuan Harris, who opened the scoring for the Packers by running nine yards for a touchdown, led the Packers with five receptions for 53 yards. Harris also rushed 17 times for 47 yards.
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GREEN BAY–The Packers held a 17-3 lead over the Minnesota Vikings at halftime of tonight’s NFC wild-card playoff game at Lambeau Field.
Running back DuJuan Harris scored on a 9-yard run late in the first quarter, to give the Packers a 7-3 lead. Harris was initially ruled to have been down at the 1-yard line, but Coach Mike McCarthy challenged the call and replay review showed the ball had crossed the goal line before Harris was down. Harris’ run capped an 11-play, 82-yard drive.
Minnesota opened the scoring with a 53-yard march on the opening possession of the game. The Vikings are playing without starting quarterback Christian Ponder (elbow) and his replacement, Joe Webb, used a read-option offense to move the ball quickly into field goal range. The drive stalled and kicker Blair Walsh booted a 33-yard field goal.
The Packers’ second score came with 3:25 left in the first half, when a 72-yard drive stalled near the goal line and kicker Mason Crosby came on to boot a 20-yard field goal. McCarthy elected not to attempt a field goal when faced with a fourth-and-five from the Vikings 34-yard line.
Following a three-and-out by the Vikings’ struggling offense, the Packers took possession and moved quickly down the field. Fullback John Kuhn scored on a 3-yard run with :38 to play in the first half, pushing the score to the danger level for the Vikings. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was the star of the drive, pitching completions of 22 and 23 yards to Jordy Nelson, and 14 yards to Greg Jennings. Rodgers was 14 of 18 for 205 yards through two quarters.
Green Bay’s defense has been more effective against rushing champion Adrian Peterson in this game than it was in either of the first two meetings between the teams this season. Peterson rushed for 409 yards in those games; he’s at 48 yards on 12 carries tonight. Webb has rushed for 43 yards.
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Check out these behind-the-scenes photos from Saturday evening’s Wild Card playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field.
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The following players have been declared as inactive for today’s Green Bay Packers-Minnesota Vikings Wild Card playoff game at Lambeau Field.
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11 WR Jarrett Boykin
31 CB Davon House
44 RB James Starks
58 LB Frank Zombo
80 WR Donald Driver
91 DT Jordan Miller
99 DE Jerel Worthy
Starting lineup changes: On offense, #26 DuJuan Harris will start in place of #20 Alex Green at running back.
7 QB Christian Ponder
11 WR Stephen Burton
27 CB Brandon Burton
58 LB Tyrone McKenzie
78 G Troy Kropog
91 DE D’Aundre Reed
92 DE George Johnson
Starting lineup changes: On offense, #14 Joe Webb will start in place of #7 Christian Ponder at quarterback.
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